Herxheimer reaction to DHEA

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by equanimous, Oct 11, 2008.

  1. equanimous

    equanimous New Member

    I've read in a number of places (including summaries of Dr. Cheney's work) that the sex steroid DHEA likely has the ability to shift the TH1/TH2 cytokine balance so that the TH2 side is less dominant. If this is the case, and the TH1 side suddenly gets a boost, should we expect to feel a die off reaction when we take DHEA as our immune system begins to attack all the viruses etc. that have previously been left alone by our underreactive TH1 cells? Just asking b/c I seem to feel more fluish when I take DHEA, and I'm wondering if this is a bad sign or a good sign. Darn herxheimer reactions make everything so difficult to interpret!

  2. 3gs

    3gs New Member

    I think Ive figured out what herxing means.

    Whats herxheimer?

    Sorry I cant help but Im new and just learning all this stuff!

    Thanks hope you are ok

  3. equanimous

    equanimous New Member

    A Herxheimer reaction is the same thing as herxing. "Herx" is just an abbreviation for Herxheimer, the name of one of the dermatologists who discovered the reaction.